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F&W is committed to helping landowners get the most out of their timberland – one of the best tools is current and relevant information. Through the F&W Forestry Report, our clients and subscribers gain an insider’s view on the latest market conditions, timber prices and legislation affecting forestry. Each quarterly report is packed with insights gathered from our participation in professional associations, academic research cooperatives and everyday work in the forest to give you an edge in the marketplace.

Marshall Thomas: Timber Markets Give And Take

While timber prices were steady during the third quarter of 2018, there were some troubling developments impacting timber markets that continue to struggle to recover from the Great Recession.

“It doesn’t seem like timber markets can get a break,” Marshall Thomas, President of F&W Forestry Services, writes in the latest issue of his company’s quarterly newsletter, the F&W Forestry Report.

At the start of the quarter, housing and wood exports markets were doing fairly well, but by September, home construction had slowed and the trade war between the U.S. and China boiled over and is now impacting forest products.

“Housing starts seem stuck at 1.2 million, and there are way too many multi-family starts (which use much less lumber than single family homes),” Thomas said.

“And just when we thought the Chinese markets, which have propped up the West Coast log and lumber markets, were going to start positively affecting the Southern U.S., the trade wars take that new market away—along with established wood export markets out of the Northeast and the West,” Thomas added.

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Washington Policy Makers Tackle Environmental Issues

While environmental policies have not been at the top of the Washington, D.C., news cycle lately, there are a number of changes quietly moving forward in our nation’s capital that impact forest landowners and forestry, from endangered species to water regulation and from renewable biomass energy to landowner assistance.

The Trump Administration is proposing a major overhaul of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to provide clarity and ease regulatory burdens on landowners.  At the same time, Congress is also considering significant legislative changes to the ESA, and the Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments concerning the designation of critical habitat under the ESA on a case involving Weyerhaeuser forestland in Louisiana.

The EPA is also moving forward with its proposal to address greenhouse gas emissions—known as the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), a federal court ruling has revived the controversial Obama-era Waters of the U.S. policy—better known as WOTUS, and Congress failed to meet a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a new Farm Bill, leaving funding for landowner assistance programs for forestry and conservation programs in limbo.

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Trade War Hits U.S. Forest Products Industry

When the Trump administration began imposing tariffs on Chinese products earlier this year— and China retaliated tit-for-tat—the U.S. wood products industry managed to stay out of the fray.

However, there was no escaping the third and latest round of Chinese-imposed tariffs, with forestry products hit hard with tariffs of five or 10 percent on hardwood and softwood logs, lumber, plywood, wood chips and more.

Even prior to the tariffs being imposed, the Hardwood Association reported that anticipation of the tariffs was having a negative impact on hardwood markets, resulting in a significant drop in timber prices.

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The F&W Forestry Report is published quarterly for our clients reporting on the latest market conditions, timber prices and legislation affecting forestry.

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